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The Ramblings of Lord Henry Wotton

I've just finished The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Most of the quotes that one finds from him are actually the ramblings of a character, Lord Henry Wotton, who has a bad influence on Dorian Gray. They are so many gems, that I want to reproduce them here.

We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.

But I can’t help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.

There is no such thing as a good influence, Mr. Gray. All influence is immoral—immoral from the scientific point of view.


Letter Counts in Ex Libris

In the board game Ex Libris one draws cards with book shelves and has to arrange them in alphabetic order. The catch is that one can only rarely rearrange the cards that one has put down onto the table. Also one gets extra points for the largest rectangular section. There can at most be three rows of shelves. Therefore one should try to have a third of the alphabet in each row. But where should one separate?

Helpfully they have given the number of shelves per letter on the summary card. One can see the counts here:

Using this one can make a cumulative sum and then plot this again with lines indicating the three thirds of the cards available: